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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11:00pm: the government announces further changes to the roll—out of universal credit, as four single working mothers win a high court challenge over the scheme. andy murray, one of britain's greatest ever sportsmen, says he is retiring from tennis because of injury. i'm not sure i'm able to play through the pain you know, for another four orfive months. president trump says he will not declare a national emergency, at least for now, as a way of ending his budget standoff with congress. 1,000 jobs could go at the ford engine plant in south wales, as the company restructures its european operations. and at 11:30pm, we will be taking another in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, broadcaster john stapleton and kate proctor, political correspondent at the evening standard. stay with us for that. good evening.
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four single mothers have won a highly significant high court challenge to the universal credit system, after saying they are struggling financially because of the way their payments are calculated. the work and pensions secretary, amber rudd, has now admitted that the controversial new benefits system universal credit is not as effective or as compassionate as it should be. today she unveiled a raft of changes to the system, which rolls six benefits into one. she has scrapped plans to cap benefits for households with more than two children born before april 2017. private landlords will be able to ask for rent to be paid to them directly from the government, to try to cut down on the number of claimants being evicted for not paying their rent,
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and a new system will be tested out. instead of receiving payments once a month, new claimants will be paid more frequently. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. it's almost as if we're made to feel bad that we are claiming this benefit — that we don't deserve this money. ten—year—old ben has spina bifida. his mum, rebecca, is his main carer, and he has a younger sister. his dad works in a local shop and is paid monthly. a design flaw with universal credit, however, makes budgeting impossible, says rebecca, who is a labour party member. sometimes he gets paid a day or two early, if his payday falls on a weekend. they then think that he's been paid twice in a month, and our universal credit is then
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altered, depending on that. so some months we get a really low amount, and some months we get a really high amount. the high court today ruled the assessments were flawed. four women had sued the department for work and pensions saying the it problems in universal credit had cost them money. the government say they are considering this judgement, but it could be hugely expensive. at a hearing last year, they told the court that it could cost them hundreds of millions of pounds to solve this problem. the court's decision came on the day amber rudd set out her plans to reset the benefit, aiming for what she called a fairer, more compassionate system. a standard offer cannot work for everyone. people's work patterns, the pressures they face, their families — everyone‘s circumstances are unique. i want to make sure universal credit has enough flexibility to adapt to personal circumstances. particularly the needs of the most vulnerable. last month i met kevin wilmot, who owns 200 properties in hartlepool, and hates
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universal credit. at this moment in time, i would rather keep a house empty and pay the council tax than put somebody in who's not going pay the rent. today, amber rudd said she would help him. private landlords will soon be able to have their rent paid directly to them, rather than relying on their universal credit tenants to pass it on. i'd be over the moon if they paid me directly. it would be a big help to start getting the rent paid direct to the landlord, because otherwise, all of us are going to end up going under. charities and campaign groups have broadly welcomed today's changes, but labour says the government hasn't done enough. they want the roll—out of the benefit to be stopped, orfor people to be paid quicker when they initially apply. the idea that someone has to wait five weeks to receive any money has been — the policy has been designed by people who assume that everyone is paid monthly. lots of people aren't paid monthly. lots of people are paid weekly. this is a government that's really out of touch
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with the lives of working people. universal credit has led to some people going to food banks, building up rent arrears, orfacing eviction. such obvious problems are forcing the government to spend more money rescuing theirflagship welfare change. michael buchanan, bbc news. andy murray has broken down in tears at a news conference in melbourne as he announced that he will be retiring from tennis this year. the 31—year—old has been struggling to recoverfrom hip surgery 12 months ago, and says even basic things in everyday life like putting on socks and shoes are causing him severe pain. the three—time grand slam winner wants to compete for a final time at wimbledon this summer, but acknowledged that the pain he is in means that next week's australian open could be the final tournament of his career. 0ur sports editor dan roan reports. one of the country's greatest sporting moments, from arguably its greatest ever sportsman. commentator: the waiting is over. andy murray's historic wimbledon win six years ago enabled british tennis
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fans to dream again. but, after so many triumphs, today came tears. the star becoming so emotional when discussing a chronic hip injury, it all got too much. murray managed to return. sorry. but, when asked if the australian 0pen might be his last tournament, his anguish became obvious. um...yeah, i think — i think there's a chance of that, yeah, for sure. um...yeah, there's a chance of that, for sure. because, yeah, like i said, i'm not sure. i'm not sure i'm able to play through the pain, you know, for another four or five months. murray had been hoping to continue his recovery from surgery a year ago,
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ahead of the season's first grand slam. but his inability to compete became clear when, visibly out of sorts, he cut short a practice match in melbourne, just hours later admitting the game was up. i said to my team, look, i think i can kind of get through this until wimbledon. that is where i'd like to... that's where i would like to stop, stop playing. um...but i'm also not certain i'm able to do that. if this is the end, murray can retire with his head held high. three times a grand slam winner, his first success came at the us 0pen, before his defining victory in 2013, overcoming the weight of history to end britain's 77—year wait for a men's wimbledon champion. there were two olympic gold medals,
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and he even inspired a tennis nation so often associated with failure to victory in the davis cup. commentator: great britain have done it. but the former number one's battle with his body proved too much. his time as a tennis player is coming to an end. when that will be, we don't know. but i think it will be sooner rather than later, because seeing him in that frame of mind, and that — i just can't see him going on too long. murray's record all the more remarkable given the era he played in, competing with and beating three of the greatest talents to ever play the game, in roger federer, rafa nadal and novak djokovic. the pressures he's had to deal with, i'm not sure that any other athlete and — or even team have had to deal with the pressures and expectations that he was under to achieve those grand slams. it was here on centre court that andy murray became that rarest of things — a british champion at wimbledon, not once, but twice, and in doing so achieved legendary status. it has become hard to imagine this place without him,
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but we now know he may never grace this court again. either way, he will be remembered for a lot more than just tennis. one of the first high—profile tennis players to employ a female coach, murray consistently campaigned for equality in the sport. something he was praised for today by one of the game's legendary figures, billiejean king, who called him a champion on and off the court. the incomparable andy murray. such was his popularity, murray the only person to win sports personality of the year three times. not bad for a boy with a dream from dunblane, who, through sheer hard work and talent, went on to conquer the tennis world. inspirational, emotional, exceptional — british sport can only hope it will see his like again. dan roan, bbc news. president trump says he will not declare a national emergency, at least for now, as a way of ending his budget standoff with congress. it has led to the partial shutdown of much of the us government. today, thousands of federal workers
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were not paid their monthly wages. the crisis began when democrats in congress refused mr trump's demand for almost $6 billion to build a border wall with mexico. the president retaliated, refusing to sign off funding for many government programmes. more than 800,000 federal workers are affected. many are on temporary leave, while emergency staff, including fbi agents and coast guards, are working without pay. it now looks set to become the longest government shutdown in us history. from washington, nick bryant reports. the time in the fields of virginia, where farmers hit already by the trade war with beijing are now feeling the bite of the political war in washington. john has been receiving federal subsidies to
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compensate for not being able to export his soya bean crops to china, a financial lifeline during difficult times, severed because of the shutdown. guess what. i don't need a dam wall. i need my money today. i need my money to plant my crop, i need my money to pay my labourer, i need my money to continue my farming operation. federal workers have mounted protest across the country, and today was supposed to be payday. but on social media, employees posted payslips showing they hadn't received a single dollar. a lot of things are working out well... to break the political deadlock, this billionaire president has warned he will declare a national emergency. but he is not ready to take that extraordinary step yet. the easy way out, the congress should do this. this is too simple. it too basic. —— it's too basic. and congress should do this. if they can't do it, if at some
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point they just can't if they can't do it, if at some point theyjust can't do it, this is a15 point theyjust can't do it, this is a 15 minute meeting. if they can't do it, i will declare a national emergency. invoking emergency powers could end the shutdown, because it would allow congress to pass spending bills without funding for the wall, that democrats and republicans could both support. but the trump white house would be violating the norms of us government. by spending the money on the barrier without congressional approval. this constitutional showdown would inevitably be settled in the court. but, in the meantime, federal employees could return to work. heavenly father, we thank you for this time. we pray today for your wisdom, for your answers, for your wisdom, for your answers, for your help in the time of crisis... tonight at the white house, they prayed for this norm busting president. but for now, he is paying revere nce president. but for now, he is paying reverence the more earthly powers. the checks and balances of the us constitution. thank you, pastor, i appreciate it. that was beautiful. as many as 4,000 civil servants
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are going to be moved from their usualjobs to prepare for a possible no—deal brexit. staff at the ministry of defence and the department for education are among those who will be redeployed. they could be away from their normal posts for more than six months. around 1,000 jobs are under threat at a ford plant in bridgend, in south wales, due to restructuring plans. the car giant announced yesterday it would be reorganising its european operations, but gave no details about possible cuts in the uk. the union unite said it had now been briefed by bosses, and more than half of the bridgend workforce was likely to go by 2021. sarah dickens reports. so let the other guys keep dreaming about the future. we'll be the ones building it. the future is built, that's according to ford's
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publicity. but what's the future for hundreds of its workers in bridgend? the company is radically changing the type of vehicles it's going to make, where it is going to make them and how. for two years, make, where it is going to make them and how. fortwo years, unions make, where it is going to make them and how. for two years, unions have been warning of more than 1000 job losses at bridgend by 2021. the plant makes engines forjaguar land rover cars, but that contract ends in abouta rover cars, but that contract ends in about a year's time, and the ford petrol in eco— boost engine that it has been making in bridgend comes to an end around the same time. ben ross and possibilities in terms of winning future work. i mean, ford have said that they want to pursue an electrification strategy, putting more battery and hybrid vehicles on the road. perhaps the bridgend plant could win some of that work. it is early days yet, but this is just the start of that negotiation. bridgend won the contract for the new ford engine, the dragon project, but the number of engines it is making has
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been halved and fewer engines to make workers will be needed. ford is has said it is not commenting on the timing of the plan, but acknowledges that the strategy will result in job losses, and adds it is premature to speculate. the union unite says the losses will take place over two yea rs, losses will take place over two years, and that it is devastating forfamilies years, and that it is devastating for families and the wider community. while another union at the plant, the gmb, says it will fight for every ford job in bridgend. fears of substantialjob losses have been hanging over the plant for two years. unless the plant for two years. unless the plant managers to win more contracts to make other ford engines or work for other firms, it looks like those fears may be becoming a reality. sarah dickens reporting there. the headlines on bbc news: the row over universal credit: four single working mothers win the right to a judicial review into the way they have been paid the benefit. andy murray, one of britain's greatest ever sportsmen, says he is retiring from tennis because of injury. president trump says he will not declare a national emergency, at least for now, as a way of ending his budget standoff with congress.
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ella kissi—debrah was just 9 years old when she died after suffering a severe asthma attack — one of many. she lived right next to one of london's busiest roads — the south circular — a notorious pollution hotspot. since her death six years ago, her family have argued that it was unlawful levels of pollution that triggered her asthma. now a ruling by the attorney—general paves the way for a fresh inquest that could see air pollution officially recorded on a death certificate for the first time. 0ur environment correspondent claire marshall reports. ella was a healthy baby, but as she got older she developed acute asthma. panting. she was rushed to hospital almost 30 times in the three years before she died. she was breathing air so polluted that it broke legal limits. her home was just 25 metres from this road,
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london's south circular. her mother, rosamond, walked these choked streets with her to school. she's been campaigning for illegal air pollution to be put on her daughter's death certificate — and today, she's one huge step closer. in a rare move, the attorney—general has looked at ella's case and will allow an application for the inquest to be reopened. it's great and it's the right decision. and now we can get to the bottom, really, of the health impact of air pollution on young people. key to this decision was new medical evidence that linked the harmful particles and chemicals in exhaust fumes directly to ella's death. this is the kind of air pollution that ella was exposed to. you can almost taste it. and the expert report showed that almost every time she was rushed to hospital, there had been a spike in illegal levels.
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and the night before she died, it had been particularly bad. human rights lawyerjocelyn cockburn has been representing the family. for me, this case gives an opportunity for those people in public office who are responsible for protecting our health and for providing clean air to be asked questions, to be held to account. air pollution in the uk has been described by a cross—party group of mps as a public health emergency. so, what were pollution levels like today? this is a monitoring device. we went out with a top expert on the streets of east london to test the air. these were the results. look at the spike when we get close to the heavy traffic. the government says it is taking concerted action, but is it enough? the movement is in the right direction. what i'm concerned about is, it's not fast enough. i'm interested in protecting children born in london,
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in birmingham and manchester today, not in ten to 15 years' time. so did air pollution help to kill ella? it's now down to the high court whether or not to allow a fresh look at all the evidence. a weather story now — heavy snow is continuing to fall across large parts of europe, wreaking havoc with many roads blocked, towns cut off and schools closed. seven people have been killed in the past week alone. this swiss hotel was completely engulfed with snow after being in the path of an avalanche. helicopters are also being used in parts of germany to remove heavy snow from trees amid fears they may fall. in austria up to three metres of snow has fallen in recent days. more than a third of secondary schools in england overspent
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their budgets last year, according to new figures from an independent think tank. the education policy institute has warned that secondary schools in england are facing growing financial pressures, with head teachers saying they're on a financial cliff edge. but the government insists there is enough money in the system. 0ur education editor branwen jeffreys, reports from worcestershire. across worcestershire, letters have gone out to parents from schools warning more are sliding into debt. apres l'ecole je vais manger... charlotte, can you do that one? natalie waters was covering for a teacher today. she's the head, and plugs the gap to save money. sometimes you are weighing up, do you keep a teaching assistant or do you employ a maths teacher? these are really difficult decisions for headteachers and governors to make. and yet results are still holding up. parents might think, well, you can make more savings. what concerns me hugely is that we may have maintained our exam results,
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but what about all the rest of the work that a school does? secondary schools in england are feeling the financial pinch. 30% of council—supported schools are in the red. four times more than in 2014. 50% of academies are spending more than their income. parents around the uk know that schools are facing tighter budgets. some, like this school, are just about staying in balance. but that's because they've already made difficult decisions to cut staff. other schools will have to do the same. and we don't know what the cost will be in terms of children's education. in england, ministers say there is enough money. we are spending record amounts of money on our school system this year. £112 billion, we are distributing that money to schools on a fairer basis. every local authority is seeing an increase in funding for every
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pupil in every school. but at pick—up, not all parents are convinced. funds are really important and i don't think there are enough funds for schooling, really. schools are struggling. there is no money. we've lost lots of teachers here. we've lost lots of subjects here. often it's notjust a case of throwing more money at something. sometimes there can be waste in the procurement of things, so are we buying things efficiently? is maintenance done in an efficient way? and are schools spending money wisely? with parents often asked to chip in, school funding is likely to stay on their minds. most of us to the fibre in our diet despite the fact that it reduces the chance of heart attacks, strokes and type 2 diabetes. fibre is present in fruit and vegetables, along with whole—grain bread, pastor and grains
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such as lentils. research is advised that eating 30 g a day, but nine out of ten of us are actually failing to do that. our medical correspondent fergus walsh has the report. it's the super—ingredient most of us don't get enough of. fibre. a landmark study in the lancet journal has confirmed that fibre in fruit, veg, whole grains, pulses and nuts has major health benefits. researchers analysed more than 200 studies and found a high—fibre diet significantly cut the risk of heart disease and stroke as well as bowel cancer and type 2 diabetes. the overall risk of death was reduced by at least 15%. adults should be aiming to eat 30 grams of fibre a day. the average in the uk isjust 18 grams. i don't think we eat as much fibre as we should do. it's something i think about whenever we shop
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and cook and things. i don't really think about fibre, to be honest. i would have no idea how many grams of fibre is in anything. so, yeah, it would be good to know. so how do you get your 30 grams of fibre a day? let's start with breakfast. two slices of wholemeal toast — 6.4 grams of fibre. more than double what you get in white bread. add to that a banana and you're nearly a third of the way there. or you could have some porridge plus fruit. at lunchtime, this meal has a whopping 21 grams of fibre. a baked potato with its skin on, some baked beans and a large apple. well, that's your recommended intake injust two meals. then, in the evening, you could have some wholewheat pasta, some pulses, like kidney beans, some wholegrain rice. don't forget the veg. each of these has three grams of fibre, and then a handful of unsalted nuts and you're getting all the roughage you need. around 9% of the population hit that 30 grams target. so a lot of us are quite deficient, really. and that's for a variety of reasons. but generally, if we were all to increase fruit and vegetable intake, getting fruits
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and vegetables at every meal and every snack, for most of us that would bump us up really significantly and really help decrease those risk factors. fibre is crucial for our digestive and overall health. those on popular low—carb diets may be missing out on this key ingredient. tributes have been paid to the bbc presenter dianne 0xberry, who's died suddenly after being diagnosed with cancer. she was 51. dianne was well—loved as a weather journalist and presenter on north on north west tonight, a job she took up on completing a meteorology degree after beginning her career on radio, with djs steve wright and simon mayo. she'd also been a popular children's tv presenter. north west tonight colleague roger johnson said they were heartbroken by dianne's death, and it was impossible to comprehend the programme without her. in recent years dianne was a strong campaigner for equal pay at the bbc,
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and woman's hour host jane garvey said dianne was "a formidable voice for women and a fantastically supportive colleague." dianne 0xberry, who's died at the age of 51. steffan lewis, a plaid cymru member of the welsh assembly, has died at the age of 34 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer. mr lewis was the youngest member elected in the 2016 assembly election. the plaid cymru leader adam price, said it had been clear mr lewis was someone who would have a big impact on welsh life when he first addressed a party conference aged just 14. the first minister of wales, mark drakeford, described him as "one of the most decent and able politicians of his generation". a saudi teenager whose efforts to avoid being sent back to her family gained worldwide attention has been granted asylum in canada.
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18—year—old ra haf mohammed alqunun said she feared being killed after publicly renouncing islam. she fled to thailand, refused to leave her hotel and took to twitter to avoid being deported. she's now left bangkok on her way to canada. the 21—year—old man is set to appear in court in wisconsin being charged with murdering a couple in order to kidnap her 13—year—old daughter. jayme closs was discovered more than 100 kilometres away, while her alleged katter was out. jayme closs disappeared the night her parents were shot dead in wisconsin. at a briefing police
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described how thousands of volu nteers described how thousands of volunteers searched in vain to the 13—year—old who suddenly appeared on thursday almost three months later and approached a woman to help. this lady immediately went to a nearby house, notified that neighbour of the claim, and its neighbour called 911 and my deputies responded en masse immediately, and identified jayme as the person that approached the neighbour, took control of her, possession of her, put her in safekeeping, and a short time later one of my patrol sergeants happened to find a vehicle that matched the description that jayme gave my deputies of the suspect, and pulled the vehicle over and the suspect was put in custody at that time. jayme managed to give a description of a managed to give a description of a man she said had held her captive. the suspect was arrested and is currently being held in their county
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jail. that suspect is jake thomas pattison, he is 21 years old from gordon wisconsin. he is currently being held of two counts of homicide for the murder ofjayme's being held of two counts of homicide for the murder of jayme's parents and one of kidnapping. police say paterson had no previous contact with the family but that jayme was the target of the attack. they believe she was helping the cameron gordon, at adenauerfrom her home. they say paterson went to considerable effort to avoid detection. the investigation attracted national attention and an award of $50,000 was offered for her. police say they never gave up hope of finding jayme alive. now it's time for the weather with sarah keith lucas. there has not been a huge amount of change in the weather since the start of 2019, with high pressure off and in charge, this was the
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scene off and in charge, this was the scene on off and in charge, this was the scene on friday. in highland scotland. we had heavy showers around, rainbows captured by our weather watchers and there will be more in the forecast over the next couple of days. today we have high pressure, would visit high sitting towards the south—west and what we haveis towards the south—west and what we have is weather fronts making their way gradually south across the uk. introducing milder air so you can see the yellow colour at least for a time as we head through the next few days. the cold air mass not far away, that will become stronger as we head into next week. let's get back to saturday, we have a day of sunshine and showers, and it'll rain clearing away from southern england and then heavy downpours pushing into much of northern and western scotland, heavy showers also to north—west england and north wales. in the south—east you are more likely to sell it —— stay dry, northern ireland largely dry,

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